Today is Volume 30, Issue 1 of The Beacon. That means we are beginning our 30th year as a community newspaper serving the people of Ottawa County.
Much has changed over the past 29 years since we began publishing in a tiny upstairs office at 106 W. Perry St. in Port Clinton. One big change has been the Internet. Many newspapers have been adversely affected by making choices about what to put online and what not put there. Fortunately for The Beacon, our circulation has remained virtually unchanged for 29 years, while our website has grown dramatically in popularity and readership.
For all of you who make reading The Beacon a part of your week, no matter what format you use, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It is you who keep us alive.
We lost two of Ottawa County’s best people last week and this week. Bob Underwood is gone … he has been an institution in downtown Port Clinton since 1946 when he returned from the service of his country to start his Second Street restaurant. I saw him at the restaurant just about a week before he died, and he was, as always, a perfect gentleman. I’m gonna miss him! We also lost Joe Mahler, who I worked with for many years as an officer of the Port Clinton Boosters. I’m going to miss him too.
For some reason, my paragraph on our weekly Find Wylie winner disappeared last week, and did not get published. Sorry about that. Elinor Zekany, of Port Clinton, was our Find Wylie winner lasts week, chosen from more than 90 entries. She found our friendly fish in the ad for Veh and Son Furniture on page 3B in the Feb. 9 Beacon. This week, Michael Titmus found Wylie in the ad for Portage Re-Sale Center. Elinor and Michael both win $20 gift cards from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website www.thebeacon.net.
Don’t forget to mark down this Friday, Feb. 24, on your calendar! The Port Clinton Kiwanis Club is hosting a “Friday Night Fever” Disco Night at Nick’s Roadhouse. Dig it? They’ll bring back all those far out tunes and threads of the 1970s (I can’t find my leisure suit) as a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund to help those groovy PC and Danbury High School students with their college costs. The price is $10 (adults only). So put on your “boogie shoes” and DJ Ice will play the music that will make you “Do the Hustle” all night long — actually from 7 to 11. All the pertinent information is on the ad for the event on the back page of Section A in this week’s Beacon.
Congratulations and good luck to Port Clinton’s swimmers who qualified for and will be competing at the State Championships this weekend in Canton! Cheyenne Meek set two school records last weekend at the Districts in Bowling Green in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. MacKenzie Stewart will be competing in the 100 breastroke and 200 Individual Medley events. Her sister, Gracey Stewart, is also going in the 100 Breaststroke. Also qualifying was the 400 freestyle relay team of Cheyenne Meek, Heather Keck, Mckenzie Stine and MacKenzie Stewart; and the 200-medley relay team of Cheyenne Meek, MacKenzie Stewart, Allie Schroeder and Mckenzie Stine.
Volunteers are desperately needed for the Port Clinton youth baseball and softball program! If volunteers do not step forward, according to the organizers, they may have to cancel the entire summer program. There will be a meeting tonight (Feb. 23) in the High School Library at 7 p.m. It is extremely important for all persons who want to continue these programs to attend this meeting.
St. Boniface Church is sponsoring their all-you-can-eat Lenten Fish Fries every Friday night at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 while kids 5 and under eat for FREE! Meanwhile, the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus will once again hold their Lenten Fish Fry Dinners starting this Friday, February 24 through Friday, March 30 from 5-7:30 p.m. The Pollock Dinners are $10 per person and the Lake Erie Perch or Shrimp Dinners are $13.50.
Volunteers are needed for the Riders Unlimited program, a nonprofit horseback riding program that helps assist persons with disabilities. Training will be provided on March 5 and 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Riders Unlimited facility. For information on how you can get involved, contact Rebekah at 419-332-6900.